The spring of 2013 saw another highly successful run for the Men’s Tennis team, which reeled off 15 wins in a row at one point and ultimately reached the NCAA Semifinals. Between the end of preseason and the NESCAC Championship game, the Jeffs were untouchable, winning every regular-season match (including five shutouts).

Coming off an 11-5 season, the Amherst field hockey team looks to have another strong showing this fall. Last year’s edition of the Lady Jeffs got off to a strong start, winning their first five games, before stumbling to the tune of three straight losses (three of them in overtime). In fact, four of the team’s five losses last year came in OT, incuding their last of the season, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Middlebury in the NESCAC playoffs. Notably, only one of those losses came at home.

Welcome back to Amherst! It is truly an exciting time to serve as your Student Body President. Last year catalyzed a great deal of changes to our campus, and much of the work is ongoing. Therefore, I’d like to describe some of the work that our student government, the Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will undertake over the next year.

Diner and Alsharif have both served on ACEMS since their first year. Diner is currently on the Board of Directors, and both are ranked as med-10s, the equivalent of “crew chief” on a standard corps.

Welcome to campus, first-years. We hope that Orientation is treating you well. Enjoy Camp Amherst while you still can; classes start next week.

We wanted to use this opportunity to offer you a short introduction to our group, and to offer some advice about when to call us for urgent medical help.

Amherst College in the 2012-2013 school year was a place and time filled with pain and discomfort in more ways than one. A number of important and contentious debates sprung up on campus. Words were spewed from many different angles. On the surface this was perhaps abnormal, replacing the usually somewhat tepid and quiet Amherst awkward and filling the space with radical action and concern over laudable, progressive causes. Everyone at Amherst, faces new and old, should be aware of this.

1. Learn how to study effectively. Find your a nook inside the library or around campus (we won’t share ours because that would defeat the point). Take study breaks often. Go for a walk around the trails or simply call a friend or family member.

2. Stay healthy. Don’t fall into the routine of ordering calzones at 2 a.m. every day. Invest in healthy midnight snacks. Try to eat as healthy as the options at Val allow you. And we cannot stress this enough: get enough sleep every night.

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

A: I come from Belgium, originally, in the heart of Europe, from near Brussels. In my family I was the first one to go to College. I studied in Belgium, then Sweden and then Switzerland where I got my Ph. D. I studied law and politics, two different degrees, and got my Ph. D. in international relations in Geneva.